Wheeling, W. Va. – The spring season has been one full of growth for the Wheeling University Men’s Golf team as their young roster continues to get better as they take the course. On Thursday, the spring season will come to an end when the Cardinals play their final event of the spring when they host Point Park in a dual match at the Wheeling Country Club. It will be the Cardinal’s first home event since before the 2020 COVID-shortened season as they welcome fans, parents, and students to watch the team compete.
Last time out, the Cardinals had three golfers competing at the one-day Muskingum Invitational back on April 10th, their only one round event of the season. It was a big day for the team as all three golfers shot under an 88 for the day as they continued the progression of the young program. With only three golfers on the ledger for the day, the team did not produce a team score, but they saw a PR set and had all their golfers shoot under the 90-stroke mark for the first time this season. Head Coach Rich Conwell was proud of the work his guys put in on the course and looks for the continued success of his golfers in this final spring event.
Leading the way was freshman Ethan Short, who would set a new PR at the event, shooting an 85 across the 18 holes. The mark beat his previous PR by three strokes and dropped his spring average under the 90-stroke mark to 89 across his three rounds. After getting acclimated to college golf during the spring season, Short has come in strong during the spring, lowering his score in every round he has competed in. He began the spring with a 95 in round one of the MEC Spring Golf Classic and has come back with scores of 87 and 85 in each of his last two rounds. He looks to continue that progression in his final spring event of the season as he wraps up his freshman campaign.
Leading the way for the Cardinals for the second straight event was sophomore Nick Zaller, who shot an 84 at Muskingum. In the fall, Zaller routinely shot int eh low 80’s to upper 70’s and has continued that trend in the spring. His spring average currently sits at 84.6 across his three rounds played, with his best round coming at the MEC Spring Classic when he shot a 79 in round two of the event. Rounding out the day for the Cardinals was sophomore Alex Parker, who finished with an 88 across the 18 holes. Parker has come into his own during his sophomore season, consistently shooting in the 80s after sitting in the 90’s last year. He is growing into a big part of this team and looks to finish his year out strong.
The Cardinals will be playing their home course at the Wheeling Country Club for the first time since the Oglebay Intercollegiate back on March 31st and April 1st, 2019. None of the current Cardinals were on the team for that home event and will be getting their first chance to play in front of their home fans on their home course. The team will be celebrating a successful 2022-23 season and invite fans to come out for the first tee times of the day beginning at 10 AM. Each team will play 18 holes on the day in this one round event as the Cardinals look to finish out the year strong.
The Wheeling Country Club is the home course for the Wheeling University Men’s Golf team, and Head Coach Rich Conwell is also the General Manager for the course. It is a par 70 course that features a challenging, but fun course featuring rolling hills. Measuring around 6000 Yards, there is something for players of all skill levels as they compete in this challenging course.
Tee times for Thursday’s dual match are set to begin at 10 AM on hole one of the Wheeling Country Club. We will be doing live streams from select holes throughout the day and you can watch those by clicking HERE.
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